interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stiŋ; ˈin-tə-ˌre-, ˈin-ˌtre-;ˈin-tər- \

Definition of interesting 

: holding the attention : arousing interest

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Other Words from interesting

interestingness noun

The Pronunciation and History of Interesting

There are a number of ways to say interesting. It can have three syllables or four; it can have an accent only on the first syllable, or it can also have a secondary accent on the "res"; the first "e" can get ignored, resulting in a second syllable of "tres" rhyming with dress; or the second "e" can be ignored, resulting in a syllable that sounds like terse. All of these various pronunciations are well-established and occur in the speech of educated, native speakers of English.

The word interesting originally meant "of concern"; it was a synonym of important. It comes from the verb interest, which in its original use meant "to induce or persuade to participate or engage." If you were interested in something, you were not willing to be a bystander; you felt the need to participate or engage.

Examples of interesting in a Sentence

This is one of the most interesting books I've read all year. It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money. This building has an interesting history. I don't find politics very interesting. I found it interesting to learn that she had once lived in California. Most of what he said wasn't interesting to me.
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Put your best costume on prepare for a weekend of interesting panels, games, contests, wrestling and more. Mike Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 It’s real interesting to see what all these guys do to prepare. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. talk about life after racing, Kentucky Speedway and the Chevy Camaro," 13 July 2018 Naturally, that’s when things got really interesting. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Documentary explores a dark family reunion," 13 July 2018 In measuring the average age of successful entrepreneurs, and the average age of the founders of highly successful companies, the researchers used interesting data sets. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "The best age for entrepreneurship," 13 July 2018 Pierre Dupont, an expert in bioengineering, including robotic devices, at Boston Children’s Hospital, says the robot is an interesting piece of technology that could be especially useful in settings where there aren’t enough skilled phlebotomists. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 Johansson’s messaging around this media crisis has been an interesting story itself. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Scarlett Johansson won’t play a trans man after all.," 13 July 2018 In each of these sub-groups, the researchers noticed some interesting patterns. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "About Half of Americans Say They're Trying to Lose Weight," 12 July 2018 Michigan fans might be interesting in a feature on the pros and cons of Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, while others may favor an in-depth look at the controversial hiring of Herm Edwards at Arizona State. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interesting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of interesting

1768, in the meaning defined above

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interesting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interesting

: attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring

interesting

adjective
in·​ter·​est·​ing | \ˈin-trə-stiŋ, ˈin-tə-rə-\

Kids Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : not dull or boring an interesting story

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interestingly adverb

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